A God Who Delights to Make Wrong Things Right

“We serve a God who delights to make wrong things right.”  The words from Dr. Dan Davey’s message have been ringing in my ears this week.  They rang in my ears as I stood with the Emr family and prayed that God would heal little infant, Vera.  I heard them again as I prayed for the Stolvoort family as they hope in God while battling the daily effects of cancer.  This truth rang out again as I received an email in which one Christian brother, in an open letter, was slandering another.  The words echoed again when I watched my children struggle to obey even the slightest directive outside the realm of their personal desires.  I said the words to myself this morning after I awoke to my first selfish thought.  “We serve a God who delights to make wrong things right.”

Before the beginning there was God.

No man had ever sinned against him.  No man had ever doubted whether he was worthy of worship, honor and glory.  No man had ever rebelled against him.  No man had ever destroyed anything he made or possessed.  No man had ever hurt anyone that he loved. 

And yet, the possibility existed that he could make mankind who would do all of those things and far worse.  For if he created them he knew they would spit in his face, mock his lordship, torture him beyond recognition, and even murder him if given the chance. 

After man there was sin and suffering.

If he created a being with a freewill he could foresee they would reject the perfection created for them bringing sin death and suffering into their perfect world. 

He could foresee that they would eventually need to be made right, and it would cost him greatly.  If he created them and loved them, (in order to remain God), he would have to send Jesus to become like them, and fix all their disobedience with obedience.  An obedience that would lead Him even to pay the eternal penalty of their sins on the cross. 

Why did he create man?

Why did he do it?  Why did he create man knowing that they would hate him?  Why make those who would need to be made right again?  That is part of the mystery of the glorious gospel.  But we do have at least a glimpse into the answer in the very message of the Bible.  One core truth that is abundantly evident in Scripture from cover to cover is:  God delights to make wrong things right. 

God delights in making wrong things right.

The gospel assures us that God will make every effect of sin right.  There will be a day when he will wipe away all tears.  Those who hope in him will stand before him in a glorified perfect body (Job 19).  There will be perfect unity among mankind  as all nations stand united in him.  The earth and heaven will be restored and made right.    There will no longer be a struggle with sin.  There will be no more suffering, for in his suffering he ended suffering.  This is at the core of the message of the Bible.  We serve a God who delights to make wrong things right!

Wash Me Now

Thanks to Mike Morton, one of our church interns, for this guest post.

When I was young, my parents always made it a point that I wash myself daily. Like a normal boy though, I did not always want to wash myself everyday. I figured if I was not dirty then I was clean. However, if my parents noticed that I had not washed in a few days, they had a test that never failed. All it took was a little sniff, and I soon found out I was not clean!

This is true of our spiritual life. We may go about each day knowing that there is sin in our life. As long as our sin has not dirtied our appearance, we sometimes go several days before we confess our sins. However, we forget that our sin stinks! God is repulsed by the odors emanating from our sin! What we need is a good, old-fashion cleansing! Continue reading

Saved By Works

I’ve been doing a lot of reading for a seminary class on the doctrine of salvation, so I figured I would share a particular insight that often gets overlooked when we talk about what Christ did for us:

Have you ever wondered why Christ lived 30+ years as a man? Why he gave up His recognized status as the Creator of the universe and endured mocking, sickness, pain, and poverty? Why didn’t he just come and die–get it over with, so to speak? Continue reading

A God I Don’t Get

confused_studentI’m glad I serve a God I don’t always get. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God.” There are a lot of things about God I don’t fully understand: that’s why He’s God and I’m just me. Take the problem of evil. “Evil, a problem? No kidding.” Let me be more specific. The “problem of evil” refers to the seeming incompatibility of three statements: 1) God is all-good, 2) God is all-powerful, and 3) Evil* exists in the world.

Take any two of the statements as true, and the third seems impossible. Haven’t you, in the midst of suffering, ever wondered whether a good God would allow you to experience such pain? Or maybe you doubted God’s power to bring you through the trial? Not only do we struggle with the problem of evil when we go through tough times–theologians have been working through this question for centuries, and their attempts at an answer come in three basic types: Continue reading

Minimizing Sin

009-female-covered-mouth-165x208What kind of words do you use to describe your own sin? It’s easy enough to “call it like it is” when someone else is in the wrong, but things are different when I’m talking about myself. I’m talking about sin euphemisms. Euphemisms? You mean like, “Oh my stars” or “sakes alive”? Well, not exactly. While it’s definitely a good idea to stay away from euphemisms for inappropriate language, the euphemisms we use for sin can be just as damaging and infinitely more subtle. Consider the following sin euphemisms: Continue reading

I’m Proud…Period.

I’m proud.  Period.  End of discussion.  No argument.  I am giving just a little Monday wrap-up to last Sunday at church and specifically the morning message.  Most preachers would say that they are the ones that benefit most from the message because they have been studying and thinking all week long about the passage.  Paul even tells Timothy that the farmer who labors needs to be the “first partaker of the fruits” (2 Timothy 2:6).

I don’t know about you, but I feel that I have tasted of some pretty sobering “fruit” these past couple of weeks in 1 Corinthians 5 and 6.  When I sit each week at my little desk in the corner of my bedroom with a cup of coffee nearby, Bible flipped open, I investigate the passage from all sides and work to find out what God is saying in those verses.  So I am being totally honest in saying that when I come to a passage on incest and lawsuits I am really working hard to figure out how to make appropriate applications (even knowing there will be children sitting in the pews).

But as I continued to study I began to realize quickly that Paul is really going deeper into the inner recesses of the heart to find something more sinister and grotesque lurking: pride.  The issues in Corinth were the manifestations of an even greater problem under the surface.  I feel heavy and sobered preaching these messages, not primarily thinking about your pride, but mine!  To know that my heart right now can generate the most degenerate thoughts is scary and fills me with horror.  Is this what Paul was thinking when he said in Romans 7:24, “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

Let us be sensitive to pride.  It is so subtle.  It dresses up and sprays on great cologne and perfume.  It can look great and be respectable.  It is so bad.  It put Jesus on the Cross.  It can go to church and sing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and give in the offering.  One thing pride cannot tolerate is humility.  Let us dress ourselves in humility of mind, heart and action this week (1 Peter 5:5) that we would not be blinded by our arrogance and pride.

Watch or listen to this week’s sermon.